Texas State takes home Sun Belt awards

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Texas State Volleyball

Texas State took home multiple Sun Belt awards Wednesday. 

Senior setter Erin Hoppe received Sun Belt Setter of the Year, sophomore libero Micah Dinwiddie was named Defensive Player of the Year, and sophomore outside hitter Amy Pflughaupt earned Newcomer of the Year. 

Junior middle blocker Madison Daigle was named to the All-Sun Belt first team alongside Hoppe, Dinwiddie and Pflughaupt. 

Senior middle blocker Jaliyah Bolden and sophomore outside hitter Megan Porter were named to the All-Sun Belt second team.

Hoppe is the second Bobcat to receive setter of the year honors. Hoppe led the Sun Belt in assists per game this season at 11.46. She has recorded 2,859 assists during her career, which has her at fifth in program history.

Dinwiddie is the first Texas State player to earn defensive player of the year accolades in program history. Dinwiddie led the conference in digs per set with 5.31. She has amassed 916 total digs during her career. 

Pflughaupt is the fourth Bobcat to be named newcomer of the year, and first in the Sun Belt. She finished regular-season play at 3.19 kills and had a .244 hitting percentage. 

Daigle was the only player in the Sun Belt to be ranked in the top 10 in four statistical categories. The Baton Rouge native was second in aces, second in hitting percentage, fifth in blocks and 10th in kills. Daigle led the Bobcats with 197 points, and added 34 digs and seven assists during Sun Belt competition. 

Bolden's second team award is her first career all-conference honor since being named 2017 preseason All-Sun Belt. Bolden finished fourth on the team in points, 154.5, kills, 2.65, and blocks, 0.50. She added 38 digs this season. 

Porter finished the year ninth in the conference with 3.00 kills per set. She finished the regular season with 176.5 points, 144 digs and 13 aces. 

Joining Hoppe, Dinwiddie, Pflughaupt and Daigle on the All-Sun Belt first team are Arkansas State's senior outside hitter Drew Jones and junior outside hitter Carlisa May, Coastal Carolina senior outside hitter Leah Hardeman, Georgia Southern junior middle blocker Lauren Reichard, Louisiana's sophomore middle blocker Dree'Ana Abram and freshman outside hitter Hali Wisnoskie, South Alabama sophomore middle blocker Kelley Hartman, and UT-Arlington senior outside hitter Qiana Canete.

Appalachian State sophomore outside hitter Melissa McMath, Little Rock senior outside hitter Marina Avram, Arkansas State freshman defensive specialist Tatum Ticknor, Arkansas State junior setter Ellie Watkins Coastal Carolina junior defensive specialist Sydney Alvis (Coastal Carolina, Georgia State sophomore defensive specialist Celeste Friesen, Louisiana's senior setter Jessica Barczyszyn and Sydney Davis, South Alabama junior outside hitter Kristina Alabastro and UTA junior middle blocker Zhanelle Geathers join Bolden and Porter on the All-Sun Belt second team. 

Hardeman was named Sun Belt Player of the Year. May earned Offensive Player of the Year. Wisnoskie received Freshman of the Year. Coastal Carolina's Jozsef Foreman was named Coach of the Year. 

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